Jan. 6, 2013
HOUSTON HEAD COACH Todd Buchanan
On the play of redshirt senior Porsche Landry in the second half
"An hour before the game we didn't even know if she was going to play. Doctor cleared her this morning. He checked her out to make sure she didn't have anything threatening. She had a severe stomach ache, and we thought she might have had food poisoning. This morning when we were watching film I knew she didn't feel well. Our trainer, Amanda (Barbee), gave her some medicine to flush her system. She was an assist and a rebound away from a triple-double and played like that. She took over in overtime and played the way she knows she capable of playing."
On Porsche missing the free throws late in the game
"I didn't have any doubt in her when she missed those. The only thing I beat myself up about was Alecia Smith. She is our best free throw shooter, percentage wise, and she had just knocked down two. At the end of the day in that situation, you have a freshman and a senior. There are a lot of decisions that have to be made in a short period of time, and I would still put Porsche in there every time. She missed those, but she certainly made up for it in a lot of big ways."
On what is needed for the team going into conference play
"Everything. Right now everybody knows that Houston struggles against the zone. That's what Yale, McNeese State, Texas Tech, TCU did. There is a correlation there and we have to figure out how to stop it. There's another side to the coin there, and I hope and pray we grew up today. We were in a bad situation today being down six with less than five minutes left in regulation. Hopefully today gave us the mindset that we have the ability to go out and win. There is no question we are still learning how to win, but today was big for us."
On the slow start
"I agree that we had a slow start today. I looked at them two or three different times and tried to get them excited. We show little to no emotion, and I'm not used to that and it's hard for me when I see that. I thought we went on a nice run going up by ten, but our free throw shooting is something that needs a lot of work. We'll continue to grind and continue to work."
On what is needed to beat the zone
"Ball movement is key. When we move the ball and penetrate the zone, we do things that we know we're supposed to do. That's when we're good. It's our job to do what we are supposed to do and execute those things."
REDSHIRT SENIOR GUARD Porsche Landry
On her aggressive play in overtime
"As a team we were passive and weren't taking over. We weren't penetrating or attacking like we normally do against a team. I tried to pick up the tempo a little bit. I wanted to get into attack mode so everybody else could come together and attack too. I just tried to set the tempo."
On how she was able to respond after missing two late free throws
"I get short-term memory. I missed those two shots and had to make up for it. I knew I had to get a rebound, hit a layup or something. You just have to have short-term memory."